Since Layla was born over 3 years ago the husband and I have been on a mission to improve our eating habits along with drinking more water. The Western diet is unhealthy with too much emphasis on meat and dairy and not enough on fruit ands vegetables.
So, in our quest to eat healthy we are constantly reading, watching and learning more about food, diet and how it affects the body.
Recently we watched 3 food documentaries that I want to share in case anyone else is interested in learning more about the power of a good diet.
Forks Over Knives
The Forks Over Knives documentary is based on the work of two researches, Dr. Campbell and Dr. Esselstyn, who separately learned through groundbreaking studies that a whole-foods, plant-based diet could prevent and/or reverse degenerative diseases like heart disease, type-2 diabetes and even some forms of cancer. Let’s just say that after watching this documentary, I replaced the meat in my diet with vegetables and haven’t looked back.
There is also a Forks Over Knives book and a Forks Over Knives Cookbook with over 300 plant-based recipes covering all meals including dessert. I bought the cookbook mostly for the vegan section on desserts but instead I have been using it for dinner recipes. No complaints from the other members of the household so far.
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is a documentary by a guy named Joe Cross who weighed over 300 pounds, suffered from an autoimmune disease and was loaded up on conventional medicine. One day he decided to make a change and switch his diet from junk food to only fresh fruit and vegetable juices for 60 days. Not only does Cross achieve amazing results, he also helps other people along the way.
While I’ve never tried a juicing diet other than drinking the occasional green lemonade, I did think that the Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead documentary was very eye-opening. It shows the power of food and the body and how the two are so closely tied together.
The last food documentary I deem worth watching is Food Inc. which lifts the veil on the U.S. food industry showing how it’s controlled by a handful of corporations that care more about profits than health. Plants and animals are genetically modified to grow bigger and faster while people are getting sicker and sicker. There are also interviews from different people like Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food, who support local, organic farming.
Before watching this documentary we bought mostly organic food and shopped at our local co-op and farmer’s market but after watching the film, I’m even more determined to support the little guy. I hope one day locally grown organic fruits and vegetables are subsidized instead of cash crops like soy, corn, wheat and dairy.
I hope that you will all watch these food documentaries with an open mind and learn more about the food that goes into your body. Remember…garbage in, garbage out.
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